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Business reformers Short summaries of DB2011 business reforms, lists of reformers since DB2004 and a ranking simulation tool

Contents Introduction and Aggregate Rankings

http://www.doingbusiness.org/reforms/

Historical data Customized data sets since DB2004

5 - Year Measure of Cumulative Change

http://www.doingbusiness.org/custom-query/

Starting a Business

Methodology and research The methodologies and research papers underlying Doing Business

Dealing with Construction Permits

http://www.doingbusiness.org/Methodology/

Registering Property Download reports Access to Doing Business reports as well as subnational and regional reports, reform case studies and customized country and regional profiles http://www.doingbusiness.org/reports/

Getting Credit Protecting Investors Paying Taxes

Subnational and regional projects Differences in business regulations at the subnational and regional level

Trading Across Borders

http://www.doingbusiness.org/subnational-reports/

Enforcing Contracts

Law library Online collection of business laws and regulations relating to

Closing a Business

business and gender issues

Doing Business 2011 Business Reforms

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Doing Business http://www.doingbusiness.org/contributors/Doing-Business/

Business Planet Interactive map on the ease of doing business

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Doing Business 2011: Making a Difference for Entrepreneurs is the eighth in a series of annual reports investigating regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 183 economies, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, over time. A set of regulations affecting 9 stages of a business ’s life are measured: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and closing a business. Data in Doing Business 2011 are current as of June 1, 2010*. The indicators are used to analyze economic outcomes and identify what reforms have worked, where, and why. The Doing Business methodology has limitations. Other areas important to business such as an economy ’s proximity to large markets, the quality of its infrastructure services (other than those related to trading across borders), the security of property from theft and looting, the transparency of government procurement, macroeconomic conditions or the underlying strength of institutions, are not studied directly by Doing Business. To make the data comparable across economies, the indicators refer to a specific type of business, generally a local limited liability company operating in the largest business city. Because standard assumptions are used in the data collection, comparisons and benchmarks are valid across economies. The data not only highlight the extent of obstacles to doing business; they also help identify the source of those obstacles, supporting policymakers in designing reform. The data set covers 183 economies: 46 in Sub-Saharan Africa, 32 in Latin America and the Caribbean, 25 in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, 24 in East Asia and Pacific, 18 in the Middle East and North Africa and 8 in South Asia, as well as 30 OECD high-income economies. The following pages present the summary Doing Business indicators for Czech Republic. The data used for this economy profile come from the Doing Business database and are summarized in graphs. These graphs allow a comparison of the economies in each region not only with one another but also with the “good practice” economy for each indicator. The good-practice economies are identified by their position in each indicator as well as their overall ranking and by their capacity to provide good examples of business regulation to other countries. These good-practice economies do not necessarily rank number 1 in the topic or indicator, but they are in the top 10. More information is available in the full report. Doing Business 2011: Making a Difference for Entrepreneurs presents the indicators, analyzes their relationship with economic outcomes and recommends reforms. The data, along with information on ordering the report, are available on the Doing Business website (www.doingbusiness.org).

* Except for the Paying Taxes indicator, which covers the period January to December of 2009. Note: Doing Business 2010 data and rankings have been recalculated to reflect changes to the methodology.

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Economy Rankings - Ease of Doing Business Czech Republic is ranked 63 out of 183 economies. Singapore is the top ranked economy in the Ease of Doing Business.

Czech Republic - Compared to global good practice economy as well as selected economies:

Czech Republic's ranking in Doing Business 2011 Rank

Doing Business 2011

Ease of Doing Business

63

Starting a Business

130

Dealing with Construction Permits

76

Registering Property

47

Getting Credit

46

Protecting Investors

93

Paying Taxes

128

Trading Across Borders

62

Enforcing Contracts

78

Closing a Business

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Summary of Indicators - Czech Republic

Starting a Business

Procedures (number) Time (days)

20

Cost (% of income per capita)

9.3

Paid-in Min. Capital (% of income per capita) Dealing with Construction Permits

Registering Property

Getting Credit

Protecting Investors

Paying Taxes

Procedures (number)

30.9 36

Time (days)

150

Cost (% of income per capita)

16.4

Procedures (number)

4

Time (days)

43

Cost (% of property value)

3.0

Strength of legal rights index (0-10)

6

Depth of credit information index (0-6)

5

Public registry coverage (% of adults)

4.9

Private bureau coverage (% of adults)

73.2

Extent of disclosure index (0-10)

2

Extent of director liability index (0-10)

5

Ease of shareholder suits index (0-10)

8

Strength of investor protection index (0-10)

5.0

Payments (number per year)

12

Time (hours per year)

557

Profit tax (%)

7.4

Labor tax and contributions (%) Other taxes (%) Total tax rate (% profit) Trading Across Borders

9

Documents to export (number) Time to export (days) Cost to export (US$ per container) Documents to import (number) Time to import (days) Cost to import (US$ per container)

38.4 3.0 48.8 4 17 1060 7 20 11653


Enforcing Contracts

Closing a Business

Procedures (number)

27

Time (days)

611

Cost (% of claim)

33.0

Recovery rate (cents on the dollar)

55.9

Time (years)

3.2

Cost (% of estate)

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The 5-year measure of cumulative change illustrates how the business regulatory environment has changed in 174 economies* from Doing Business 2006 to Doing Business 2011. Instead of highlighting which economies currently have the most business friendly environment, this new approach shows the extent to which an economy’s regulatory environment for business has changed compared with 5 years ago. This snapshot reflects all cumulative changes in an economy’s business regulation as measured by the Doing Business indicators -such as a reduction in the time to start a business thanks to a one-stop shop or an increase in the strength of investor protection index thanks to new stock exchange rules that tighten disclosure requirements for related-party transactions. This figure shows the distribution of cumulative change across the 9 indicators and time between Doing Business 2006 and Doing Business 2011.

DB change score 0.20

Doing business has become easier

0.16

0.12

0.08

0.04

Doing business has become more difficult or more costly

0.00

-0.04

Albania

Czech Republic

Slovak Republic

Serbia

Hungary

Italy

Note: This year's DB change score ranges from -0.1 to 0.54. More details on how the DB change score is constructed can be found in the methodology section of the website. * Bahrain, The Bahamas, Brunei, Cyprus, Kosovo, Liberia, Luxembourg, Montenegro and Qatar do not feature in the new metric because they were included in the Doing Business report in years subsequent to the Doing Business 2005 report and hence, 5 years of data are not yet available.


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1. Benchmarking Starting a Business Regulations Czech Republic is ranked 130 overall for Starting a Business. Ranking of Czech Republic in Starting a Business - Compared to good practice and selected economies:

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The following table shows Starting a Business data for Czech Republic compared to good practice and comparator economies: Good Practice Economies

Procedures (number)

Time (days)

Cost (% of income per capita)

Paid-in Min. Capital (% of income per capita)

0.0

Denmark

1

1

9

20

9.3

30.9

Albania

5

5

16.8

0.0

Hungary

4

4

8.2

10.2

Italy

6

6

18.5

10.1

Serbia

7

13

7.9

6.0

Slovak Republic

6

16

1.9

22.2

New Zealand

0.0

Selected Economy Czech Republic

Comparator Economies

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2. Historical data: Starting a Business in Czech Republic Starting a Business data

Doing Business 2008

Doing Business 2009

Doing Business 2010

Doing Business 2011

Rank

..

..

127

130

Procedures (number)

10

9

9

9

Time (days)

17

20

20

20

Cost (% of income per capita)

10.6

9.6

9.2

9.3

Paid-in Min. Capital (% of income per capita)

34.9

31.8

30.5

30.9

3. Starting a Business sub indicators in Czech Republic over the past 4 years

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4. Overview of the steps to Starting a Business in Czech Republic It requires 9 procedures, takes 20 days, and costs 9.35 % GNI per capita to start a business in Czech Republic.

No:

Procedure

Time to complete (days)

Cost to complete

1

Check business name for uniqueness

1

no charge

2

Obtain extracts of criminal record and real estate at Czechpoint Offices

1

CZK 50 (extract of criminal records) +CZK 100 (extract of real estate)

3

Notarize articles of association

1

CZK 23,950 (for 5 copies of 10 page notarial record) + CZK 30 per notarized signature (excluding 20% VAT)

4

Obtain confirmation of the administrator of the capital contribution of the company along with the confirmation of the bank that the capital contribution is held in the company’s special bank account for the registered capital.

2

no charge

5

Register with the Trade Licensing Office and obtain extract of the trade license

5

CZK 1000

6

Register in the Business (Commercial) Registry of the Regional Commercial Court

7

CZK 5,000 (paid in the form of court stamps)

10


1

no charge

8 * Register for social security

1

no charge

9 * Register with health insurance

1

no charge

7

Register for taxes

* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

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5. Details on Starting a Business in Czech Republic This table summarizes the procedures and costs associated with setting up a business in the Czech Republic. STANDARDIZED COMPANY Legal Form: Spolecnost s Rucenim Omezenym (SRO) Paid-in Minimum Capital: 30.9 (% of income per capita) City: Prague

Procedure

1

Check business name for uniqueness

Time to complete(days):

1

Cost to complete:

no charge

Comment:

The uniqueness of the company name can be verified by accessing a database on the Ministry of Justice's Web site (www.justice.cz)

Procedure

2

Obtain extracts of criminal record and real estate at Czechpoint Offices

Time to complete(days):

1

Cost to complete:

CZK 50 (extract of criminal records) +CZK 100 (extract of real estate)

Comment:

This applies only to the extract from the Czech Criminal Register, if the executive is a citizen of another EU Member State, an extract from the criminal register of that EU Member State (if the State does not keep a criminal register, the extract may be replaced by an affidavit signed by the executive in front of a notary); if the executive is a citizen of a non-EU country, an extract from the Czech Criminal register and an extract from the criminal register of the country of which he/she is a citizen and of the country in which he/she spent three consecutive months in the previous three 12


years (all extracts must be less than three months old). Both criminal record extract and real estate extract can be obtained from so-called Czechpoints, which are usually located at the post offices, municipal and district offices.

Procedure

3

Notarize articles of association

Time to complete(days):

1

Cost to complete:

CZK 23,950 (for 5 copies of 10 page notarial record) + CZK 30 per notarized signature (excluding 20% VAT) Fees to notarize the articles of association depend on the amount of the company’s registered capital and on the number of copies of the notarial record required by the company's founders. The minimum fee is about CZK 4,000, and the maximum is about CZK 113,000, including 20% VAT. The notary public is responsible for the compliance of the contents of the company’s articles of association with Czech law. The notary prepares the wording of the articles of association according to the founders' requirements. Certain notaries public require the following documents before executing the articles of association: - A clean criminal record. - An affidavit from the company managers. - Confirmation from the owner of premises where the seat will be located that the company is entitled to have its seat on those premises, along with an extract for the premises from the Real Estate Register.

Comment:

The founders must comply with the requirements stipulated by the Czech Commercial Code. They must confirm their compliance in an affidavit submitted to the City Court, and they must also submit their signature specimens to the City Court in two copies.

Procedure

4

Obtain confirmation of the administrator of the capital contribution of the company along with the confirmation of the bank that the capital contribution is held in the company’s special bank account for the registered capital.

Time to complete(days):

2

Cost to complete:

no charge

Comment:

Until the company is registered, the registered capital is usually blocked in the special bank account. Opening a special bank account usually costs about CZK 5,000. However, some banks open special accounts for nothing on condition that the company will open current bank accounts in the bank after its incorporation.

Procedure

5

Register with the Trade Licensing Office and obtain extract of the trade license

Time to complete(days):

5

Cost to complete:

CZK 1000

Comment:

The company has to regsiter its business activities with the Trade License Office to be able to obtain an extract of its trade license. The required documents are as follows: (i) memorandum of association if the company has been founded but not yet established (i.e. registered with the Commercial Register); if the company has already been registered with the Commercial Register, an excerpt thereof that cannot be older than 3 months will be required; (ii) proof of legal use of premises (i.e. a notarized copy of the (sub)lease agreement or the excerpt of the Real Estate Cadastre); and (iii) proof of payment of the administrative fee The Trade License Office must complete the registration process within 5 business days from the day when all required documents were submitted. After the completion of the registration process, the Trade License Office issues the excerpt of the trade license register which must be delivered to the applicant, either picked-up personally by the applicant at the Trade License Office or delivered by mail. The first issue of the trade license is free of charge. 13


It is also possible to file the application online; however, the applicant must have a certified signature, otherwise such application will not be considered effective.

Procedure

6

Register in the Business (Commercial) Registry of the Regional Commercial Court

Time to complete(days):

7

Cost to complete:

CZK 5,000 (paid in the form of court stamps)

Comment:

The Czech Commercial Code and the Czech Civil Procedure Act were amended to comply with European Community law (effective July 1, 2005) and to simplify and speed up registering in the Commercial Register. The amendment introduced standard forms for applications, reduced the number of participants to the proceedings, introduced a simplified procedure for registration (by entering the data without substantive review for certain types of entries), stated the exact time limits for decisions and their issuance and entries, introduced the "silence-is-consent" rule, and set limits for implementing the full electronic administration of the Commercial Register. Since July 1, 2006, the time limit for the court to decide on registration is 5 working days. To register a newly founded company in the Commercial Register, an application must be submitted to the relevant court administering the register. This application must be completed on a standard form and signed by all first directors of the company (or their proxy, if applicable) before a notary. The following documents must be enclosed with the application for company registration in the Commercial Register: (a) the company’s articles (memorandum) of association in the form of a notarial deed; (b) documents proving the company's title to the premises in which its seat is located (as described in Procedure 3); (c) a confirmation from the administrator of the contributions into the company's registered capital confirming that each founder paid up at least 30% of his or her monetary capital contribution and that the total paid up capital contributions are at least CZK 100,000; (d) a confirmation from the relevant bank that the capital contributions are held in the company's special bank account for the registered capital; (e) documents on the company managers/executive; and (g) the executive's affidavit with notarized signature, his or her sample signature, and his or her consent to their registration into the Commercial Register.

Procedure

7

Register for taxes

Time to complete(days):

1

Cost to complete:

no charge

Comment:

Deadlines for registering with the Tax Office: - Income tax and general registration: 30 days (any change must be announced within 15 days). - Withholding tax and payroll tax registration: 15 days. - For the VAT obligatory registration: on January 1, 2010 amendment No. 362/2009 to the Act on VAT took effect. From this date the company is obliged to submit its VAT registration form within 15 days following the end of month in which the conditions are met or in certain cases within 15 days following the date when the company automatically becomes a VAT payer. - For the VAT voluntary registration: submit the registration at any time. Upon submitting the application for income tax registration, the company receives a tax identification number (same number as for the VAT and the income tax).

Procedure

8

Register for social security

Time to complete(days):

1

Cost to complete:

no charge

Comment:

The company must register within 8 days as of the date when the first employee enters into work (the employee's and employer's registration are in practice be made at the same time). A 8-day notification deadline applies in case of certain changes occur.

Procedure

9

Register with health insurance

14


Time to complete(days):

1

Cost to complete:

no charge

Comment:

The same rules apply as for social security registration.

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1. Benchmarking Dealing with Construction Permits Regulations Czech Republic is ranked 76 overall for Dealing with Construction Permits. Ranking of Czech Republic in Dealing with Construction Permits - Compared to good practice and selected economies:

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The following table shows Dealing with Construction Permits data for Czech Republic compared to good practice and comparator economies: Good Practice Economies

Denmark

Procedures (number)

Time (days)

Cost (% of income per capita)

6 0.8

Qatar

25

Singapore

Selected Economy Czech Republic

36

150

16.4

Albania

24

331

381.3

Hungary

31

189

9.8

Italy

14

257

142.3

Serbia

20

279

1821.4

Slovak Republic

13

287

12.7

Comparator Economies

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2. Historical data: Dealing with Construction Permits in Czech Republic Dealing with Construction Permits data

Doing Business 2008

Doing Business 2009

Doing Business 2010

Doing Business 2011

Rank

..

..

75

76

Procedures (number)

36

36

36

36

Time (days)

180

180

150

150

Cost (% of income per capita)

18.5

16.9

16.2

16.4

3. Dealing with Construction Permits sub indicators in Czech Republic over the past 4 years

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4. Overview of the steps to Building a Warehouse in Czech Republic It requires 36 procedures, takes 150 days, and costs 16.37 % GNI per capita to build a warehouse in Czech Republic.

No:

Procedure

Time to complete (days)

Cost to complete

30 days

no charge

2 * Obtain project clearance from environmental protection agency in the municipality of Prague

30 days

no charge

3 * Obtain project clearance from local provider of water and sewerage services

30 days

no charge

4 * Obtain project clearance from local electricity provider

30 days

no charge

5 * Obtain project clearance from local telecommunications provider Telefonica O2

30 days

no charge

6 * Obtain project clearance from local telecommunications provider Radiokomunikace

30 days

no charge

7 * Obtain project clearance from local telecommunications provider UPC Direct

30 days

no charge

8 * Obtain project clearance from local trade license authority

30 days

no charge

9 * Obtain project clearance from road management agency

20 days

CZK 500

1

Obtain project clearance from health authority in the municipality of Prague

20


10 * Obtain project clearance from fire department

10 days

no charge

11 * Obtain project clearance from local street lighting provider

20 days

no charge

12

37 days

CZK 1,000

13 * Obtain building permit

37 days

CZK 3,000

14 * Obtain technical conditions from fire department

37 days

no charge

15 * Obtain technical conditions from health authority of the municipality of Prague

30 days

no charge

16 * Obtain technical conditions from road management agency of the municipality of Prague

30 days

no charge

17 * Obtain technical conditions from environmental protection agency of the municipality of Prague

30 days

no charge

18 * Obtain technical conditions from local provider of water and sewerage services of the municipality of Prague

30 days

no charge

19 * Obtain technical conditions from local street lighting provider

30 days

no charge

20 * Obtain technical conditions from local electricity provider

20 days

no charge

21 * Obtain technical conditions from local telecommunications provider Telefonica O2

10 days

no charge

22 * Obtain technical conditions from local telecommunications provider Radiokomunikace

10 days

no charge

23 * Obtain technical conditions from local telecommunications provider UPC Direct

10 days

no charge

24 * Request and receive water and sewerage connection with Prazske vodovody a kanalizace

30 days

CZK 5,500

25 * Request an electricity supply permit

1 day

CZK 17,500

26 * Receive inspection of electricity installations

1 day

no charge

28 days

no charge

28 * Request a geodesic plan of the construction alignment

30 days

CZK 15,000

29 * Request and receive inspection of lightning conductor

1 day

CZK 2,000

30 * Receive inspection of chimneys

1 day

CZK 5,000

14 days

CZK 2,990

27

Obtain location (zoning) permit

Obtain electricity connection

31 * Request and receive telephone connection

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32

Notify building office of occupancy and request final inspection

1 day

no charge

33

Receive final inspection from special commission of the municipal authority

1 day

no charge

34

Receive fire department inspection

1 day

no charge

35

Request and obtain evidence number of the building from Municipality

7 days

no charge

36

Register the building with the real estate registry

30 days

CZK 500

* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

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5. Details on Building a Warehouse in Czech Republic

The table below summarizes the procedures, time, and costs to build a warehouse in the Czech Republic. BUILDING A WAREHOUSE Estimated warehouse value:CZK 13,006,000 City: Prague

Procedure

1

Obtain project clearance from health authority in the municipality of Prague

Time to complete:

30 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Municipality of Prague (Health Authority)

Comment:

The health authority clearance is based on the preliminary project design drawings.

Procedure

2

Obtain project clearance from environmental protection agency in the municipality of Prague

Time to complete:

30 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Municipality of Prague (Environmental Protection Agency)

Comment:

The environmental protection agency clearance is based on preliminary project design drawings. There is a statutory time limit of 30 days. Time varies from office to office.

Procedure

3

Obtain project clearance from local provider of water and sewerage services

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Time to complete:

30 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Prazske Vodovody a Kanalizace, a.s.

Comment:

The water and sewerage provider clearance is based on the preliminary project design drawings.

Procedure

4

Obtain project clearance from local electricity provider

Time to complete:

30 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

ČEZ a.s.

Comment:

The local electricity provider clearance is based on the preliminary project design drawings.

Procedure

5

Obtain project clearance from local telecommunications provider Telefonica O2

Time to complete:

30 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Telefónica O2

Comment:

The local telecommunications provider clearance is based on the preliminary project design drawings. Clearance is required from all three telecom providers, according to Act No. 127/2005 Coll., on Electronic Communications (effective May 1, 2005).

Procedure

6

Obtain project clearance from local telecommunications provider Radiokomunikace

Time to complete:

30 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Ceské Radiokomunikace, a.s.

Comment:

This clearance is based on the preliminary project design drawings. Clearance is required from all three telecom providers, according to Act No. 127/2005 Coll., on Electronic Communications, effective May 1, 2005.

Procedure

7

Obtain project clearance from local telecommunications provider UPC Direct

Time to complete:

30 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

UPC Direct

Comment:

This clearance is based on the preliminary project design drawings. Clearance is required from all three telecom providers. This set by the Act No. 127/2005 Coll., on Electronic Communications, effective as of May 1, 2005.

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Procedure

8

Obtain project clearance from local trade license authority

Time to complete:

30 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Trade License Authority in Prague

Comment:

This clearance is based on preliminary project design drawings made by an authorized designer. This procedure is needed only if the warehouse is used for conducting business, which is assumed. This clearance is based on a mere notification duty towards the competent trade office (in advance of opening of a new establishment). Where a trade license is applied for the exercise of a business activity in a new warehouse, the notification of a new warehouse as a new establishment is included in the application for the new trade license. Usually, trade office inspectors come to visit (inspect) a new establishment after its opening to check its compliance with the applicable trade laws (Act No. 455/1991 Coll., the Trade Act), especially where it is supposed to provide services to the public. The applicant itself is liable to ensure compliance with the applicable construction rules (the Building Code).

Procedure

9

Obtain project clearance from road management agency

Time to complete:

20 days

Cost to complete:

CZK 500

Agency:

Municipality of Prague (Road Management Agency)

Comment:

This clearance is based on drawings from the preliminary project design. The statutory time limit for completing this procedure is 30 days. The fee for obtaining a decision to connect the site to a first-class road is CZK 1000. The fee for obtaining a decision to connect the site to a second- and third-class road or to a local road is CZK 500.

Procedure

10

Obtain project clearance from fire department

Time to complete:

10 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Fire Department

Comment:

The fire department clearance is based on preliminary project design drawings. The statutory time limit for completing this procedure is 30 days.

Procedure

11

Obtain project clearance from local street lighting provider

Time to complete:

20 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Street Lighting Provider in Prague

Comment:

The local street-lighting provider’s clearance is based on preliminary project design drawings. Street lighting forms are considered part of road connection (see Procedure 7).

Procedure

12

Obtain location (zoning) permit

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Time to complete:

37 days

Cost to complete:

CZK 1,000

Agency:

Municipality of Prague

Comment:

A location permit grants only the right to build the warehouse on a plot; it does not authorize construction. To be issued by the municipal authority, the drawings for the preliminary project design need clearance from various agencies. Proof of ownership of the land is also requested by the building authority. The location permit is valid for 2 years, and it is a prerequisite for construction and building permits. The statutory period for completing the procedure is 30 days. However, in more complicated cases that require oral proceedings or local investigations, the statutory period is 60 days. In practice, it usually takes a week longer than the law prescribes. To site a structure, the location permit (or location approval) must be issued for simple structures, installations, and maintenance. However, if a regulatory plan (a more specific document then the master plan) is issued for the area (location), this plan replaces the location permit within that area. The regulatory plan is procured and issued by the local authority. It determines the detailed conditions for the use of the grounds, for the location and spatial arrangement of structures, for the protection of area’s values and character, and for creating a favorable environment.

Procedure

13

Obtain building permit

Time to complete:

37 days

Cost to complete:

CZK 3,000

Agency:

Municipality of Prague

Comment:

The company must submit to the municipal authority the documents specified in the preceding procedures, project design drawings made by an authorized designer, and additional documents requested by the building authority. The building permit is valid for 2 years. Under the new Building Act (2006), the land planning and the building permit applications can now be submitted simultaneously. Under the new code, the investor may apply for both the land planning permit and the building permit applications, simultaneously, on condition that the regulatory plan for the area was approved. The regulatory plan is procured and issued by the local authority and determines the detailed conditions for the use of the grounds, for the structural location and spatial arrangement, for protection of the area’s values and character, and for creating a favorable environment. Most local authorities in the Prague area have already approved a regulatory plan. Thus, in practice, the planning and building permit applications can now be submitted simultaneously. As stated in the Czech Building Act (No. 183/2006, Coll. Section 78), pursuant to the rules of administrative procedure, the building office may merge the planning permission proceedings with the building permit proceedings, if the conditions within the area are clear, especially if there is an approved regulatory plan for the area.

Procedure

14

Obtain technical conditions from fire department

Time to complete:

37 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

26


Agency:

Fire Department

Comment:

Technical conditions are based on project design drawings made by an authorized designer. The statutory period for completing the procedure is 30 days (Act. No. 500/2004 Coll., Code of Administrative Procedure, and Act No. 183/2006 Coll., Building Act). In practice, it usually takes a week longer than the law prescribes.

Procedure

15

Obtain technical conditions from health authority of the municipality of Prague

Time to complete:

30 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Municipality of Prague (Health Authority)

Comment:

This clearance is based on project design drawings made by an authorized designer.

Procedure

16

Obtain technical conditions from road management agency of the municipality of Prague

Time to complete:

30 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Municipality of Prague (Road Management Agency)

Comment:

Technical conditions are based on project design drawings made by an authorized designer.

Procedure

17

Obtain technical conditions from environmental protection agency of the municipality of Prague

Time to complete:

30 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Municipality of Prague (Environmental Protection Agency)

Comment:

Technical conditions are based on project design drawings made by an authorized designer.

Procedure

18

Obtain technical conditions from local provider of water and sewerage services of the municipality of Prague

Time to complete:

30 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Municipality of Prague (Water & Sewerage Authority)

Comment:

Technical conditions are based on project design drawings made by an authorized designer. There is no statutory period for completion of the procedure. However, the service providers usually complete the procedure in 30 days.

Procedure

19

Obtain technical conditions from local street lighting provider

27


Time to complete:

30 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Street Lighting Provider in Prague

Comment:

Technical conditions are based on project design drawings made by an authorized designer. There is no statutory period for completion of the procedure. However, the service providers usually complete the procedure in 30 days.

Procedure

20

Obtain technical conditions from local electricity provider

Time to complete:

20 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Prazska Energetika, a.s.

Comment:

Technical conditions are based on project design drawings made by an authorized designer.

Procedure

21

Obtain technical conditions from local telecommunications provider Telefonica O2

Time to complete:

10 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Telef贸nica O2

Comment:

Technical conditions are based on project design drawings made by an authorized designer.

Procedure

22

Obtain technical conditions from local telecommunications provider Radiokomunikace

Time to complete:

10 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Cesk茅 Radiokomunikace, a.s.

Comment:

Technical conditions are based on project design drawings made by an authorized designer.

Procedure

23

Obtain technical conditions from local telecommunications provider UPC Direct

Time to complete:

10 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

UPC Direct

Comment:

Technical conditions are based on project design drawings made by an authorized designer.

Procedure

24

Request and receive water and sewerage connection with Prazske vodovody a kanalizace

28


Time to complete:

30 days

Cost to complete:

CZK 5,500

Agency:

Prazske Vodovody a Kanalizace, a.s.

Comment:

The request is made to the local water and sewerage provider. The costs for establishing a (completely new) water connection is about CZK 2,500–3,000 per sq. m. for the excavation works (depending on the surface material), plus the cost of the actual placing of the new water conduct and coverage of the hole, (together, about CZK 4,500 per sq. m.). The costs of establishing a new sewerage connection are based on the same criteria, and they can vary substantially, based on the relevant circumstances (surface material, depth). The costs for establishing the new water connection depends on the time and the number of workers needed. The price is about CZK 2,200 plus VAT (19%), calculated on an hourly basis for two workers. It is assumed this would take 5–6 hours. For the excavation work, a company is responsible for being in contractual relation with the Prague Water Supply and Sewerage Company (Prazske vodovody a kanalizace). The fee for the water and sewerage connection varies, by service provider. However, the approximate cost is about CZK 1,200. The cost stated above probably includes the cost for constructing the water and sewerage connection. However, when constructing a warehouse, the constructor also builds a water and sewerage connection. It is thus necessary only to pay the connection fee of CZK 1,200.

Procedure

25

Request an electricity supply permit

Time to complete:

1 day

Cost to complete:

CZK 17,500

Agency:

Prazska Energetika, a.s.

Comment:

The price amounts about CZK 500 per 1 ampere The installation should amount to CZK 12,500, including the permit issuance. The power company comes to the building site and lays wires.

Procedure

26

Receive inspection of electricity installations

Time to complete:

1 day

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Prazska Energetika, a.s.

Comment:

The electricity installation inspection is performed by an authorized inspection technician. This procedure is a prerequisite for issuance of an occupancy permit.

Procedure

27

Obtain electricity connection

Time to complete:

28 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Prazska Energetika, a.s.

Comment:

The connection to the electricity system is not done at the same time as the inspection.

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Procedure

28

Request a geodesic plan of the construction alignment

Time to complete:

30 days

Cost to complete:

CZK 15,000

Agency:

Authorized Geodesist

Comment:

This plan is performed by an authorized engineer/geodesist. The plan is a prerequisite for issuance of an occupancy permit.

Procedure

29

Request and receive inspection of lightning conductor

Time to complete:

1 day

Cost to complete:

CZK 2,000

Agency:

Authorized Inspection Technician

Comment:

This inspection is performed by an authorized inspection technician. This procedure is a prerequisite for the issuance of an occupancy permit. It takes about 30 days from the inspection request for the inspector to come to the construction site.

Procedure

30

Receive inspection of chimneys

Time to complete:

1 day

Cost to complete:

CZK 5,000

Agency:

Private Company

Comment:

If the warehouse has heating, a chimney inspection must be performed before applying for an occupancy permit. A private company is authorized to do the inspection. From the time of inspection request, it takes about 7 days for the inspector to visit the construction site.

Procedure

31

Request and receive telephone connection

Time to complete:

14 days

Cost to complete:

CZK 2,990

Agency:

Telef贸nica O2 or Cesk茅 Radiokomunikace, a.s.

Comment:

This procedure is a prerequisite for occupancy permit issuance. The phone connection setup fee is CZK 499 (with a 1-year binding contract) or CZK 2,990 (without the fixed term condition).

Procedure

32

Notify building office of occupancy and request final inspection

Time to complete:

1 day

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Building Office (Municipality of Prague)

Comment:

Under the new Building Act (No. 183/2006 Coll.), effective January 1, 2007, the traditional occupancy permit issued in the past by the building office no longer exists. Now, the vast majority of buildings can be used on the basis of a simple occupancy 30


notification, indicating that the investor intends to start occupying it. The notification must be given, at the latest, 30 days before the day the building is planned to be used. If the building office does not prohibit its use within 30 days of the investor's notification (meaning that it does not conclude that the construction puts the public at risk), the investor may start using the building. Buildings used by the public would require an occupancy approval. In the case considered here, because the warehouse will be used for general storage activities, an occupancy approval is not needed.

Procedure

33

Receive final inspection from special commission of the municipal authority

Time to complete:

1 day

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Municipality of Prague

Comment:

Procedure

34

Receive fire department inspection

Time to complete:

1 day

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Fire Department

Comment:

Procedure

35

Request and obtain evidence number of the building from Municipality

Time to complete:

7 days

Cost to complete:

no charge

Agency:

Municipality of Prague

Comment:

Before registration with the Real Estate Registry the owner of the building shall apply for the evidence No. of the building with the Municipality Office. The following documents need to be enclosed to the application: occupancy or building permit, geometrical plan (i.e. document on the building´s location according to which the building is to be newly registered in the Real Estate Registry), and the evidence on the ownership of the building. According to the law the document must be issued in 30 days, however in practice it takes 2-3 weeks overage.

Procedure

36

Register the building with the real estate registry

Time to complete:

30 days

Cost to complete:

CZK 500

Agency:

Real Estate Registry

Comment:

The company should apply to register the building and obtain a building identification number with the Cadastral Land Register. This procedure is necessary, among other conditions, if the building needs insurance, as for a new warehouse. 31


Under Act. No. 500/2004 Coll. Code of Administrative Procedures, statutory time limits of 30 days have been introduced (60 days for complicated cases).In practice, it usually takes a week longer than the law prescribes.

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1. Benchmarking Registering Property Regulations Czech Republic is ranked 47 overall for Registering Property. Ranking of Czech Republic in Registering Property - Compared to good practice and selected economies:

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The following table shows Registering Property data for Czech Republic compared to good practice and comparator economies: Good Practice Economies

Procedures (number)

Time (days)

2

New Zealand Norway

Cost (% of property value)

1 0.0

Saudi Arabia

Selected Economy Czech Republic

4

43

3.0

Albania

6

42

3.4

Hungary

4

17

5.0

Italy

8

27

4.5

Serbia

6

91

2.7

Slovak Republic

3

17

0.0

Comparator Economies

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2. Historical data: Registering Property in Czech Republic Registering Property data

Doing Business 2008

Doing Business 2009

Doing Business 2010

Doing Business 2011

Rank

..

..

62

47

Procedures (number)

4

4

4

4

Time (days)

123

123

78

43

Cost (% of property value)

3.0

3.0

3.0

3.0

3. Registering Property sub indicators in Czech Republic over the past 4 years

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4. Overview of the steps to Registering Property in Czech Republic It requires 4 procedures, takes 43 days, and costs 3.00 % of property value to register the property in Czech Republic.

No:

Procedure

Time to complete (days)

Cost to complete

1

Obtain a certified extract from the companies' register

1 day

CZK 100 for the first page, CZK 40 for each additional page (1-3 pages in total)

2

A notary certifies the signatures of the transfer agreement

1 day

CZK 30 each signature (2 signatures)

3

Apply for registration at the Cadastral Office

4

Pay the Real Estate Transfer Tax

40 days

CZK 500 (Registration Fee)

1 day

3% of the property price (Real Estate Transfer Tax)

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5. Details on Registering Property in Czech Republic This topic examines the steps, time, and cost involved in registering property in the Czech Republic.

STANDARDIZED PROPERTY Property Value: CZK 16,183,709.86 City: Prague

Procedure

1

Obtain a certified extract from the companies' register

Time to complete:

1 day

Cost to complete:

CZK 100 for the first page, CZK 40 for each additional page (1-3 pages in total)

Agency:

Municipal court of Prague or a "Czech Point" (www.czechpoint.cz)

Comment:

Parties must obtain certified extracts from the company’s register at the respective register court or online since 2009 at Czech Points (www.czechpoint.cz). The extracts can be obtained in person at these points or at the court without delay. The number of pages of the extract depends on the amount of registered information (managing directors, members of the supervisory board, shareholders etc.). Typically, the extract of a standard limited liability company has usually one to three pages.

Procedure

2

A notary certifies the signatures of the transfer agreement

Time to complete:

1 day

Cost to complete:

CZK 30 each signature (2 signatures)

Agency:

Public Notary 38


By law, the transfer agreement does not have to be executed in the form of notarial deed and the signatures of the contractual parties on the transfer agreement do not have to be certified. However, the Cadastral Office must verify (as specified by law) the identity of the parties and manifestation of their will. Therefore, it is useful and common practice to have the signatures certified by a notary public or by an attorney or by public authorities. Notarization (by a notary public) is the most common way. The notarization takes place without delay and costs CZK 30 per each signature + 20% VAT.

Comment:

Procedure

3

Apply for registration at the Cadastral Office

Time to complete:

40 days

Cost to complete:

CZK 500 (Registration Fee)

Agency:

Cadastral Office of Prague

Comment:

Parties apply for registration at the Cadastral Office of Prague (Registry) after gathering all the documentation. There is a lump sum fee payable together with the application to register the property in the amount of CZK 500, which is paid by buying stamps at the Registry. After the application is received, the adjudication procedure will take about 60 days as specified by law. In practice, it may take up to 6 months in Prague. When the procedure is over, a notification of the transfer of ownership is issued. The Registry delivers the transfer agreements to the parties with a remark on the transfer agreement. The documentation requirements are as follows: Transfer agreement in a number of counterparts that equals the number of parties plus two counterparts (originals or certified copies), in this case 4 counterparts (signatures certified in Procedure 2) If the transfer agreement was not signed by the persons authorized by law to act on behalf of the companies, powers of attorneys with certified signatures shall be attached. If the application is filed by proxy, power of attorney shall be attached. Certified extracts from the company’s register shall be attached by each party (obtained in Procedure 1).

Procedure

4

Pay the Real Estate Transfer Tax

Time to complete:

1 day

Cost to complete:

3% of the property price (Real Estate Transfer Tax)

Agency:

Tax Authority

Comment:

A Real Estate Transfer Tax must be paid to the tax authority within 3 months following the month of the registration. The Cadastre is responsible for informing the tax authority about the transfer so that they record it and can collect the tax. Registration of the transfer is not conditional upon payment of the tax. The tax rate is 3 % of the higher of the purchase price and the value (as estimated by an expert to be paid by the parties to the transfer agreement). The Transfer Tax can be paid at the Tax authority, at a commercial bank, or even online.

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1. Benchmarking Getting Credit Regulations Czech Republic is ranked 46 overall for Getting Credit. Ranking of Czech Republic in Getting Credit - Compared to good practice and selected economies:

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The following table shows Getting Credit data for Czech Republic compared to good practice and comparator economies:

Good Practice Economies

Strength of legal rights index (0-10)

Depth of credit information index (0-6)

Public registry coverage (% of adults)

Private bureau coverage (% of adults)

100.0

New Zealand

67.1

Portugal Singapore

10 6

United Kingdom

Selected Economy Czech Republic

6

5

4.9

73.2

Albania

9

4

8.3

0.0

Hungary

7

5

0.0

11.4

Italy

3

5

16.6

80.5

Serbia

8

5

0.0

100.0

Slovak Republic

9

4

2.2

44.5

Comparator Economies

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2. Historical data: Getting Credit in Czech Republic Getting Credit data

Doing Business 2008

Doing Business 2009

Doing Business 2010

Doing Business 2011

Rank

..

..

44

46

Strength of legal rights index (0-10)

7

6

6

6

Depth of credit information index (0-6)

5

5

5

5

Private bureau coverage (% of adults)

53.0

65.2

73.1

73.2

Public registry coverage (% of adults)

4.2

4.6

4.9

4.9

3. Getting Credit sub indicators in Czech Republic over the past 4 years

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4. Details on Getting Credit in Czech Republic The following table summarize legal rights of borrowers and lenders, and the availability and legal framework of credit registries in the Czech Republic.

Getting Credit Indicators (2010)

Private bureau coverage (% of adults)

Indicator

Private credit bureau

Public credit registry

5

Are data on both firms and individuals distributed?

Yes

No

1

Are both positive and negative data distributed?

Yes

Yes

1

Does the registry distribute credit information from retailers, trade creditors or utility companies as well as financial institutions?

No

No

0

Are more than 2 years of historical credit information distributed?

Yes

Yes

1

Is data on all loans below 1% of income per capita distributed?

Yes

Yes

1

Is it guaranteed by law that borrowers can inspect their data in the largest credit registry?

Yes

Yes

1

Coverage

Number of individuals Number of firms

73.2

4.9

6,500,000

0

90,000

436,983

44


Strength of legal rights index (0-10)

6

Can any business use movable assets as collateral while keeping possession of the assets; and any financial institution accept such assets as collateral ?

Yes

Does the law allow businesses to grant a non possessory security right in a single category of movable assets, without requiring a specific description of collateral?

Yes

Does the law allow businesses to grant a non possessory security right in substantially all of its assets, without requiring a specific description of collateral?

Yes

May a security right extend to future or after-acquired assets, and may it extend automatically to the products, proceeds or replacements of the original assets ?

No

Is a general description of debts and obligations permitted in collateral agreements, so that all types of obligations and debts can be secured by stating a maximum amount rather than a specific amount between the parties ?

Yes

Is a collateral registry in operation, that is unified geographically and by asset type, as well as indexed by the grantor's name of a security right ?

No

Do secured creditors have absolute priority to their collateral outside bankruptcy procedures?

Yes

Do secured creditors have absolute priority to their collateral in bankruptcy procedures?

Yes

During reorganization, are secured creditors' claims exempt from an automatic stay on enforcement?

No

Does the law authorize parties to agree on out of court enforcement?

No

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1. Benchmarking Protecting Investors Regulations Czech Republic is ranked 93 overall for Protecting Investors. Ranking of Czech Republic in Protecting Investors - Compared to good practice and selected economies:

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The following table shows Protecting Investors data for Czech Republic compared to good practice and comparator economies: Good Practice Economies

New Zealand

Strength of investor protection index (0-10)

9.7

Selected Economy Czech Republic

5.0

Comparator Economies Albania

7.3

Hungary

4.3

Italy

5.7

Serbia

5.3

Slovak Republic

4.7

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2. Historical data: Protecting Investors in Czech Republic Protecting Investors data

Doing Business 2008

Rank Strength of investor protection index (0-10)

Doing Business 2009

Doing Business 2010

Doing Business 2011

..

..

92

93

5.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

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Note: The higher the score, the greater the investor protection.

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4. Details on Protecting Investors in Czech Republic The table below provides a full breakdown of how the disclosure, director liability, and shareholder suits indexes are calculated in the Czech Republic.

Protecting Investors Data (2010) Extent of disclosure index (0-10)

What corporate body provides legally sufficient approval for the transaction? Whether immediate disclosure of the transaction to the public and/or shareholders is required? Whether disclosure of the transaction in published periodic filings (annual reports) is required? Whether disclosure of the conflict of interest by Mr. James to the board of directors is required? Whether an external body must review the terms of the transaction before it takes place? Extent of director liability index (0-10)

Whether shareholders can hold Mr. James liable for the damage that the Buyer-Seller transaction causes to the company? Whether shareholders can hold the approving body (the CEO or board of directors) liable for the damage that the Buyer-Seller transaction causes to the company? Whether a court can void the transaction upon a successful claim by a shareholder plaintiff? Whether Mr. James pays damages for the harm caused to the company upon a successful claim by the shareholder plaintiff?

Indicator

2 1 0 1 0 0 5 1 1 0 1

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Whether Mr. James repays profits made from the transaction upon a successful claim by the shareholder plaintiff? Whether fines and imprisonment can be applied against Mr. James? Whether shareholders can sue directly or derivatively for the damage that the Buyer-Seller transaction causes to the company? Ease of shareholder suits index (0-10)

Whether the plaintiff can obtain any documents from the defendant and witnesses during trial? Whether the plaintiff can directly question the defendant and witnesses during trial? Whether the plaintiff can request categories of documents from the defendant without identifying specific ones? Whether shareholders owning 10% or less of Buyer's shares can request an inspector to investigate the transaction? Whether the level of proof required for civil suits is lower than that of criminal cases? Whether shareholders owning 10% or less of Buyer's shares can inspect transaction documents before filing suit? Strength of investor protection index (0-10)

0 1 1 8 3 2 1 1 1 0 5.0

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1. Benchmarking Paying Taxes Regulations Czech Republic is ranked 128 overall for Paying Taxes. Ranking of Czech Republic in Paying Taxes - Compared to good practice and selected economies:

53


The following table shows Paying Taxes data for Czech Republic compared to good practice and comparator economies:

Good Practice Economies

Maldives

Payments (number per year)

Time (hours per year)

3

Total tax rate (% profit)

0 0.2

Timor-Leste

Selected Economy Czech Republic

12

557

48.8

Albania

44

360

40.6

Hungary

14

277

53.3

Italy

15

285

68.6

Serbia

66

279

34.0

Slovak Republic

31

257

48.7

Comparator Economies

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2. Historical data: Paying Taxes in Czech Republic Paying Taxes data

Doing Business 2008

Doing Business 2009

Doing Business 2010

Doing Business 2011

..

..

121

128

48.6

48.6

47.2

48.8

Payments (number per year)

12

12

12

12

Time (hours per year)

808

808

613

557

Rank Total tax rate (% profit)

3. Paying Taxes sub indicators in Czech Republic over the past 4 years

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4. Details on Paying Taxes in Czech Republic The table below addresses the taxes and mandatory contributions that a medium-size company must pay or withhold in a given year in Czech Republic, as well as measures of administrative burden in paying taxes.

Tax or mandatory contribution

Payments (number)

Value added tax (VAT)

1

Real estate tax

Notes on Payments

Time (hours)

online filing

160

Statutory tax rate

Tax base

Totaltax rate (% profit)

19.0%

value added

1

building: CZK 5.75 per square meter; land plot CZK 0.1 per square meter

property area

Road tax

5

fee scale

Fuel tax

1

CZK 9,95/liter

fuel consumption

1.10

Unemployment contribution

0

1.2%

gross salaries

1.40

Property transfer tax

1

3.0%

sale price

1.80

paid jointly with Social security contributio ns

Notes on TTR

0.00

0.10

56


Sickness insurance

0

paid jointly with Social security contributio ns

Corporate income tax

1

online filing

Health Insurance

1

online filing

Social security contributions

1

online filing

Totals

12

135

262

557

3.3%

gross salaries

3.70

20.0%

taxable profit

7.40

9.0%

gross salaries

10.20

21.5%

gross salaries

23.10

48.8

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1. Benchmarking Trading Across Borders Regulations Czech Republic is ranked 62 overall for Trading Across Borders. Ranking of Czech Republic in Trading Across Borders - Compared to good practice and selected economies:

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The following table shows Trading Across Borders data for Czech Republic compared to good practice and comparator economies: Good Practice Economies

Documents to export (number)

Time to export (days)

Documents to import (number)

Time to import (days)

Cost to import (US$ per container)

5

Denmark France

Cost to export (US$ per container)

2

2 450

Malaysia Singapore

4

439

Selected Economy Czech Republic

4

17

1060

7

20

1165

Albania

7

19

725

9

18

710

Hungary

5

18

1225

7

17

1215

Italy

4

20

1245

4

18

1245

Serbia

6

12

1398

6

14

1559

Slovak Republic

6

17

1530

8

19

1505

Comparator Economies

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2. Historical data: Trading Across Borders in Czech Republic Trading Across Borders data

Doing Business 2008

Doing Business 2009

Doing Business 2010

Doing Business 2011

..

..

57

62

Cost to export (US$ per container)

775

985

1060

1060

Cost to import (US$ per container)

860

1087

1165

1165

Documents to export (number)

4

4

4

4

Documents to import (number)

7

7

7

7

Time to export (days)

16

17

17

17

Time to import (days)

18

20

20

20

Rank

3. Trading Across Borders sub indicators in Czech Republic over the past 4 years

61


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4. Details on Trading Across Borders in Czech Republic These tables list the procedures necessary to import and export a standardized cargo of goods in Czech Republic. The documents required to export and import the goods are also shown.

Nature of Export Procedures (2010)

Duration (days)

US$ Cost

Documents preparation

8

105

Customs clearance and technical control

2

35

Ports and terminal handling

3

275

Inland transportation and handling

4

645

17

1060

Totals

Nature of Import Procedures (2010)

Documents preparation

Duration (days)

US$ Cost

11

140

Customs clearance and technical control

1

40

Ports and terminal handling

2

275

Inland transportation and handling

6

710

20

1165

Totals

63


Documents for Export and Import

Export

Bill of lading Commercial invoice Customs export declaration Packing list Import

Bill of lading Cargo release order Certificate of origin Commercial invoice Customs import declaration Customs transit document Packing list

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1. Benchmarking Enforcing Contracts Regulations Czech Republic is ranked 78 overall for Enforcing Contracts. Ranking of Czech Republic in Enforcing Contracts - Compared to good practice and selected economies:

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The following table shows Enforcing Contracts data for Czech Republic compared to good practice and comparator economies: Good Practice Economies

Procedures (number)

Time (days)

Cost (% of claim)

0.1

Bhutan Ireland

20 150

Singapore

Selected Economy Czech Republic

27

611

33.0

Albania

39

390

38.7

Hungary

35

395

15.0

Italy

41

1210

29.9

Serbia

36

635

28.9

Slovak Republic

31

565

30.0

Comparator Economies

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2. Historical data: Enforcing Contracts in Czech Republic Enforcing Contracts data

Doing Business 2008

Doing Business 2009

Doing Business 2010

Doing Business 2011

Rank

..

..

78

78

Procedures (number)

27

27

27

27

Time (days)

653

653

611

611

Cost (% of claim)

33.0

33.0

33.0

33.0

3. Enforcing Contracts sub indicators in Czech Republic over the past 4 years

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4. Details on Contract Enforcement in Czech Republic This topic looks at the efficiency of contract enforcement in Czech Republic. Court information:

Prague District Court

("Mestsky soud v Praze")

Nature of Procedure (2010)

Indicator

Procedures (number)

27

Time (days)

611

Filing and service

88.0

Trial and judgment

410.0

Enforcement of judgment

113.0

Cost (% of claim)*

33.00

Attorney cost (% of claim) Court cost (% of claim) Enforcement Cost (% of claim)

13.1 4.9 15.0

* Claim assumed to be equivalent to 200% of income per capita.

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1. Benchmarking Closing Business Regulations Czech Republic is ranked 32 overall for Closing a Business. Ranking of Czech Republic in Closing Business - Compared to good practice and selected economies:

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The following table shows Closing Business data for Czech Republic compared to good practice and comparator economies: Good Practice Economies

Recovery rate (cents on the dollar)

Cost (% of estate)

0.4

Ireland Japan

Time (years)

92.7 1

Singapore

Selected Economy Czech Republic

55.9

3.2

17

Albania

0.0

no practice

no practice

Hungary

37.9

2.0

15

Italy

58.0

1.8

22

Serbia

29.5

2.7

23

Slovak Republic

55.3

4.0

18

Comparator Economies

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2. Historical data: Closing Business in Czech Republic Closing a Business data

Doing Business 2008

Doing Business 2009

Doing Business 2010

Doing Business 2011

..

..

115

32

Time (years)

6.5

6.5

6.5

3.2

Cost (% of estate)

15

15

15

17

21.3

20.9

20.9

55.9

Rank

Recovery rate (cents on the dollar)

3. Closing Business sub indicators in Czech Republic over the past 4 years

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Since 2004 Doing Business has been tracking reforms aimed at simplifying business regulations, strengthening property rights, opening access to credit and enforcing contracts by measuring their impact on 10 indicator sets . * Nearly 1,000 reforms have had an impact on these indicators. Doing Business 2011, covering June 2009 to June 2010, reports that 117 economies implemented 216 reforms to make it easier to start a business. 64% of economies measured by Doing Business have reformed this year, focusing on easing business start-up, lightening the tax burden, simplifying import and export regulations and improving credit information systems.

Closing a Business

Enforcing Contracts

Trading Across Borders

Paying Taxes

Protecting Investors

Getting Credit

Economy

Registering Property

Negative Change

Starting a Business

Positive Change

Dealing with Construction Permits

The top 10 most-improved in Doing Business 2011

Kazakhstan Rwanda Peru Vietnam Cape Verde Tajikistan Zambia Hungary Grenada Brunei Darussalam

* For Doing Business 2011 the Employing Workers indicator is not included in the aggregate ease of doing business ranking.

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Summary of changes to business regulation in top 10 most improved economies in Doing Business 2011 and selected comparator economies. Albania

Albania made it easier and less costly for companies to pay taxes by amending several laws, reducing social security contributions and introducing electronic filing and payment.

Brunei Darussalam

Brunei Darussalam made starting a business easier by improving efficiency at and implementing an electronic system for name searches. Brunei Darussalam income tax rate from 23.5% to 22% while also introducing a lower tax rate ranging from 5.5% to 11%. The introduction of an electronic customs system made trading easier.

Cape Verde

Cape Verde made start-up easier by eliminating the need for a municipal inspection before a business begins operations and computerizing the system for delivering the municipal license. Cape Verde eased property registration by switching from fees based on a percentage of the property value to lower fixed rates. Cape Verde abolished the stamp duties on sales and checks.

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic simplified its labor tax processes and reduced employer contribution rates for social security. The Czech Republic made it easier to deal with insolvency by introducing further legal amendments to restrict setoffs in insolvency cases and suspending for some insolvent debtors the obligation to file for bankruptcy.

Grenada

Grenada eased business start-up by transferring responsibility for the commercial registry from the courts to the civil administration. The appointment of a registrar focusing only on property cut the time needed to transfer property in Grenada by almost half. Grenada’s customs administration made trading faster by simplifying procedures, reducing inspections, improving staff training and enhancing communication with users.

Hungary

Hungary implemented a time limit for the issuance of building permits. Hungary reduced the property registration fee by 6% of the property value. Hungary simplified taxes and tax bases. Amendments to Hungary’s bankruptcy law encourage insolvent companies to consider reaching agreements with creditors out of court so as to avoid bankruptcy.

Italy

Italy made starting a business easier by enhancing an online registration system.

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan eased business start-up by reducing the minimum capital requirement to 100 tenge ($0.70) and eliminating the need to have the memorandum of association and company charter notarized. Kazakhstan made dealing with construction permits easier by implementing a one-stop shop related to technical conditions for utilities. Kazakhstan strengthened investor protections by requiring greater corporate disclosure in company annual reports. Kazakhstan speeded up trade through efforts to modernize customs, including implementation of a risk management system and improvements in customs automation.

Peru

Peru eased business start-up by simplifying the requirements for operating licenses and creating an online one-stop shop for business registration. Peru streamlined construction permitting by implementing administrative reforms. Peru introduced fast-track procedures at the land registry, cutting by half the time needed to register property. Peru made trading easier by implementing a new web-based electronic data interchange system, risk-based inspections and payment deferrals.

Rwanda

Rwanda made dealing with construction permits easier by passing new building regulations at the end of April 2010 and implementing new time limits for the issuance of various permits. Rwanda enhanced access to credit by allowing borrowers the right to inspect their own credit report and mandating that loans of all sizes be reported to the central bank’s public credit registry. Rwanda reduced the number of trade documents required and enhanced its joint border management procedures with Uganda and other neighbors, leading to an improvement in the trade logistics environment.

Serbia

Serbia passed a new bankruptcy law that introduced out-of-court workouts and a unified reorganization procedure.

Tajikistan

Tajikistan made starting a business easier by creating a one-stop shop that consolidates registration with the state and the tax authority. Tajikistan strengthened investor protections by requiring greater corporate disclosure in the annual report and greater access to corporate information for minority investors. Tajikistan lowered its corporate income tax rate.

the company registrar reduced the corporate for small businesses, in Brunei Darussalam

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Vietnam

Vietnam eased company start-up by creating a one-stop shop that combines the processes for obtaining a business license and tax license and by eliminating the need for a seal for company licensing. Vietnam made dealing with construction permits easier by reducing the cost to register newly completed buildings by 50% and transferring the authority to register buildings from local authorities to the Department of National Resources and Environment. Vietnam improved its credit information system by allowing borrowers to examine their own credit report and correct errors.

Zambia

Zambia eased business start-up by eliminating the minimum capital requirement. Zambia eased trade by implementing a one-stop border post with Zimbabwe, launching web-based submission of customs declarations and introducing scanning machines at border posts. Zambia improved contract enforcement by introducing an electronic case management system in the courts that provides electronic referencing of cases, a database of laws, real-time court reporting and public access to court records.

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